A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Anemia
I had a question the other day about anemia.
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells (hemoglobin).
Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen.
If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body won’t get enough oxygen.
You get symptoms with anemia (like fatigue) because your organs aren’t getting what they need to function properly.
Anemia is one of the most common blood conditions.
It affects millions of people.
Women and people with chronic diseases are at increased risk of developing anemia.
Important things to remember are:
>Certain forms of anemia are hereditary and infants may be affected from the time of birth.
>Women in their childbearing years are very susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia because of blood loss from menstruation and increased blood supply demands during pregnancy.
>Older adults also may have a greater risk of developing anemia because of poor diet and other medical conditions.
There are more than 400 types of anemia, which are divided into three groups:
>Anemia caused by blood loss
>Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production
>Anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells
Most forms of anemia are very treatable with diet changes and iron supplements.
Some forms of anemia (like the anemia that develops during pregnancy) are even considered normal.
However, some types of anemia may present lifelong health problems.
To deal with anemia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*A red, beefy looking tongue may indicate anemia.
*Keep urine bright, clear, fluorescent yellow all day with sufficient B-Complex.
*Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of B-vitamins and iron.